ALA Seminar #EmpoweringArchives

Date and Hour: June 9th 2021 / 16:00 - 17:00 CDT 

Language: Spanish. Interpretation to other languages will not be provided for this webinar.  

In collaboration with the Association of Latin American Archivists (ALA) 


Webinar Summary 

The Association of Latin American Archivists (ALA) invites its members and extended community to join their ALA seminar where three panelists will talk about each of the topics discussed in the ICA 2021 social media campaign #EmpoweringArchives: Accountability and Transparency, Collaboration and Networking, and Diversity and Inclusion. Each panelist will present their views on the meaning, need for and impact of talking about empowering archives in these three main areas. 



Ramon Alberch

Ramón Alberch

National Representative of Spain at GE RIBEAU ALA (moderator) 

Ramón Alberch was Director of the Municipal Archives of Girona from 1978 to 1989, Chief Archivist for Barcelona City Council from 1990 to 2004, Deputy Chief Archivist and Recordkeeper for the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Cataluña) from 2004 to 2010 and Director of the Graduate School of Archiving and Recordkeeping at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) from 2002 to 2016. 

 Ramón is currently President of Archivists without Borders International, a member of the International Advisory Council of the National Centre for Historical Memory of Colombia, a member of Advisory Council of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and a lecturer and consultant in recordkeeping and archives. He is the author of some forty manuals and essays on archival and historical subjects and has presented papers at a large number of international congresses. He is Spain’s national representative in the RIBEAU-ALA Expert Group, a group involving the Ibero-American Network for University Archival Education (RIBEAU) and the Association of Latin-American Archivists (ALA). 

Luciana Duranti Luciana Duranti 

Director of the Electronic Records Research Project InterPARES 

Luciana Duranti is a professor of archival science at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada. She is a noted expert on diplomatics and electronic records. Since 1998, she has been the director of the electronic records research project InterPARES. She is the originator of the concept of the archival bond. From 1998 to 1999, she was president of the Society of American Archivists. She is the Principal Investigator for the Records in the Cloud Project.

emma_de_ramonEmma de Ramón

ALA’s President and Director of the National Archives of Chile 

Emma de Ramón has been Chief Executive of the Chilean National Archives since 2015 and President of the Association of Latin-American Archivists (ALA) since 2019. She holds a doctorate in History and is Academic Coordinator for the postgraduate diploma in Archival Science at the University of Chile. Emma has extensive experience of university lecturing and research projects. She has published a wide variety of works on heritage-related and historical subjects, particularly on social history in Chile during the colonial period and on women’s history. Her publications (only available in Spanish) include “Artífices negros, mulatos y pardos en Santiago de Chile: siglos XVI y XVII”; “Sebastián de Iturriaga, Juan Chico de Peñalosa y Martín García: tres sastres del siglo XVI en Santiago”; “Francisco Esteban Valenciano: un acercamiento a la vida social de los artífices en Santiago durante el siglo XVI”( (2002) and “Obra y fe; la Catedral de Santiago 1541-1769” (2002).